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Mineta Transportation Institute releases new report on bus lanes in urban areas

The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) has published a peer-reviewed research report, ‘Shared-Use Bus Priority Lanes on City Streets: Case Studies in Design and Management’, which examines bus lane design and operations in major congested urban centers, where bus lanes are shared with non-bus vehicles. The study investigated seven cities that currently have networks of shared-use bus lanes: Los Angeles, London, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, and Sydney. The study found that key hallmarks of current bus lane planning are: institutional reforms; creative and carefully tailored physical designs; strategies to balance competing uses; and sustainable approaches to enforcement. The report suggests that the innovative practices in each of these areas may be suitable models for other communities using shared-use bus lanes.

In recent years, many cities in the USA have created new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems and pursued other strategies to make their bus services faster and more reliable. At the same time, a new emphasis on maximizing the productivity and livability of urban streets has led to new design and management practices to address the needs of their many users. As a result, cities are taking a new look at an old approach to improving bus service in urban centers; designating street space for priority use by buses. One of the report’s findings was that there is no single ‘one-size-fits-all’ bus lane design or alignment that is suitable throughout any of the cities, with each having had to adapt its bus lane designs and regulations to meet local conditions, often on a block-by-block basis.

One of the report’s three co-authors, Dr Asha Weinstein Agrawal, noted, “Bus lanes tend to be well suited for cities like the ones profiled in this report. These cities have such high demand for bus transit and such dense and complex traffic operating conditions that it is impractical to physically segregate lanes solely for transit use. At their best, they reflect the ideal that a well-designed and well-managed street can help transit operate more efficiently, while the street remains flexible enough to accommodate other users.” The full report is available for free download from: transweb.sjsu.edu/project/2606.html

April 16, 2012

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